Public Storage (PSA): Today's Featured Real Estate Laggard

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Public Storage ( PSA) pushed the Real Estate industry lower today making it today's featured Real Estate laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Public Storage fell $1.84 (-1.1%) to $169.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 743,529 shares of Public Storage exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 735,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $169.20-$171.42 after having opened the day at $171.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $171.17. Other companies within the Real Estate industry that declined today were: InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 6.4%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), down 6.3%, Optibase ( OBAS), down 5.6% and Rouse Properties ( RSE), down 5.0%.

Public Storage operates as a real estate investment trust (REIT). It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe. Public Storage has a market cap of $29.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Public Storage a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Public Storage as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Walter Investment Management ( WAC), up 8.4%, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 7.8%, Doral Financial ( DRL), up 4.8% and Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the real estate industry with American Tower ( AMT) being today's featured real estate industry leader.

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